Community Service

Good Fellows/Good Samaritans

Chair: Barry Meyer
Good Fellows/Good Samaritans, Sunrise Rotary’s primary volunteer project, brings Christmas gifts to children in East Baton Rouge Parish whose families are not able to provide Christmas presents for them. Each year, Good Fellows/Good Samaritans purchases clothing, books and toys for children in the East Baton Rouge School System identified by school counselors to be in need. Sunrise Rotarians assist with the purchase of the clothing, toys and books, and set up a temporary warehouse/distribution center for the gifts. After filling Christmas bags with presents for each child, members arrange for the school counselors to pick up the gifts so the counselors can bring the gifts to the children’s parents or guardians for distribution. Additionally, Sunrise Rotary provides financial support for Good Fellows/Good Samaritans

Beer, Bands & BBQ for Uniforms for Kids

Chair: Mike Hubbs
Beer, Bands & BBQ, Sunrise Rotary’s only fundraiser, raises thousands of dollars each year for the purchase of new school uniforms for children in East Baton Rouge Parish through the Uni-forms for Kids program sponsored by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. This annual event is held at the Rural Life Museum with food provided by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, bever-ages donated by members and a silent auction with items provided by Sunrise Rotarians.

Junior Achievement

Chair: Sam Herpin
Junior Achievement is dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through hands-on programs. Sunrise Rotary supports JA by providing volunteers to deliver JA programs at various Baton Rouge area schools. Avenues of programs for Junior Achievement include job shadowing, JA Finance Park, “JA in a Day”, and the traditional K-12 fall and spring in-class sessions. Additionally Sunrise Rotary club provides an annual financial donation to JA of Greater Baton Rouge, and sponsors a team for the annual JA Bowl-a-Thon. In 2016, Sunrise Rotary raised the most money for Junior Achievement at the Bowl-a-Thon.

Habitat for Humanity

Chair: Lynn Bradley
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge is a non-profit, Christian-based housing ministry that works in partnership with deserving, low-income families and the community to eliminate poverty housing through building simple, decent homes. They help build community by involving diverse religious, social and business groups in the construction of homes and neighborhoods. In its 22-year history, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge has renovated and built over 250 homes. Homes are sold to partner families at no profit, and financed by Habitat with an af-fordable, no-interest twenty year mortgage. Each year, Sunrise Rotary supports Habitat for Hu-manity by participating in two “Build Days” in which club members work on the construction of a Habitat home or on landscaping the grounds where the homes are located. Additionally, Sunrise Rotary club provides an annual financial donation to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge.

ARC of Baton Rouge Plane Pull and Festival

Chair: Tony Nicolich
The Plane Pull and Festival is an annual fundraiser of the ARC of Baton Rouge so that it can provide programs and services to persons in the local area who have disabilities. Sunrise Rotary assists The ARC of Baton Rouge at the Plane Pull and Festival through event planing, raising funds by sponsoring a team to pull the FedEx Boeing 737 that is parked on the tarmac at the Baton Rouge airport and by volunteering to direct traffic and parking the day of the event.


Chair: Laura Deavers
PlantFest raises money for Hilltop Arboretum, which is owned by LSU but receives no funding from the university. Hilltop’s fundraiser, PlantFest, is a two-day sale of plants grown by Hilltop volunteers. Sunrise Rotarians volunteer in various activities during the sale, such as working in an area where plants are held until ready for purchase, tallying the prices of the plants being purchased, and delivering plants to the cars of the person who has purchased them. Sunrise Rotary volunteers work during one of three shifts on the Saturday and Sunday of the sale

Public Service Award

Chair:  Randy Ledet
Each year at the weekly Sunrise Rotary meeting before Memorial Day, Sunrise Rotary recognizes one outstanding public servant from the Baton Rouge Police Department, Baton Rouge Fire Department, Emergency Medical Service, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department, City Constable’s Office, Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana State Police, and Louisiana State Parole and Probation Office. The Public Service Awards committee contacts each of these departments to obtain the name of the most outstanding employee during the previous year then arranges to get plaques made with the name of each recipient, which are presented to the individual during the meeting.